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I'm back! [18 Mar 2011|09:55pm]

Hey everyone.

Some of you may remember me. A few years ago, I was a quite well known around the online contortion community known as contortionistjessi and obviously infected_ex. I was featured on many sites and one of my videos was on Attack of the Show. This peaked around 2008. In 2009, I became severely anorexic and had to enter acute inpatient at 5' 2" 60 pounds. I was on bed rest for 2 1/2 months, on an NG Tube for 6, and in a wheelchair for 6. I had re-feeding syndrome, renal, kidney, pancreatic, and liver failure. I had to rebuild everything. My muscles, bones, organs, heart, ability to walk, and everything more.

But 2 years later, here I am again. Ready to show my face to the Contortion world again and live my dream.

I have lost a lot of flexibility and strength, but I am determined to get it back. I will be what I want. I will be confident. 

I have a video of how I am now on youtube right now


Thank you so much. Missed Y'all!
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Something fun [15 Feb 2011|07:19pm]

Footage from my performance in Santa Rosa, CA with the Vespertine Circus last Friday. :o)

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Circus Show in Philadelphia [29 Aug 2010|12:29pm]

The Philadelphia Fringe Fest starts next weekend.  I want to draw your attention to Groundhog Hour, a one-man-show featuring comedy, drama, circus feats and sideshow stunts.


Sept 3: 8 pm
Sept 4: 8 pm
Sept 5: 3 pm and 8 pm


Greene Street Studio * 6122 Greene St. * Germantown * Philadelphia

Tickets $15

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This Week's Edition of "Ask a Busker" [29 Dec 2009|12:49am]

Hiya everyone.

Thanks for great support and start to the new segment on my blog 'Adventures in Gambling, Grifting and Street Performing' over on blogspot.

There's been a few more questions asked over on "Ask A Busker".
This week we're dealing with how to get permits in a city that has no laws for or against busking, and where to look for venues in a new town!

Remember folks, much like the art of busking, this series will only be as awesome with participation! Please feel free to follow along online, or submit your own questions!

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Ask a Busker! [18 Dec 2009|10:08pm]

Hi kids!

I've decided to start a regular little segment on my blog called Ask A Busker!

I started it this evening after discussing the topic of "frequent questions people ask" me as a street performer. I figured I might as well answer those questions people seem to fire off at me all the time. Since it's the winter time and I'm not busking that much, I figured, now's the time to compile a list of those annoying/thought-provoking questions and start answering them!

Coincidentally, the first post is about why I don't street perform in the winter!

Please read it! Please send in your questions!

Much like the art of busking, it has the potential to be a lot of fun pending on how many people interact with it. So, please contribute!
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Seattle Aerial Dance Classes [08 Oct 2009|09:10am]

To my Seattle-area friends who have always dreamed of flying - I've got 2 new classes starting November 1st.

For newbies who want to give aerial dance a try, I'll be offering Aerial Dance on Trapeze Sundays November 1 through November 22, 12:15-1:30 p.m. This course was recently featured in Seattle Metropolitan Magazine and is filling up quickly, so don't delay!

For those with a strong base level of fitness (a couple of pull ups and good core strength), I'll also be offering Beginning Aerial Fabric Sundays November 1 through December 6, 1:45-3:00 p.m.

Come on out and fly with us!
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[06 Oct 2009|01:21pm]

Dear Seattle-area Circus Friends,

Trapezes, ropes, hoops, silks, slings, bungees, and chains, oh my! And one very painful royal blue net! It's an aerial smorgasbord not to be missed! Oh, and there are acrobats and dancers too. Yippee!

As featured in the West Seattle Herald and recommended by the editors of Seattle Magazine, The Ghost Game: Dead Gods opens in just 10 days, on October 16th!

Don't miss out on an incredibly unique, spectacle-filled evening of delicious desserts, dying gods, aerial theater, and dark Cabiri magic at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in West Seattle. There will also be a no-host bar for guests of suitable age.

Click here now and reserve your seat before they're all gone! Four shows only - October 16, 17, 23, and 24!

Costumes are encouraged at this festive occasion. Give your Halloween costume a dress rehearsal! Bring a friend, a neighbor, a coworker, gather your friends and save $5 per ticket by purchasing a whole table for 5 guests!

The Ghost Game: Dead Gods is suitable for mature audience members only (teens and adults).

We'll see you at the show. I'll be the one dancing on the ceiling, covered in glitter and cobwebs and the darkest of fairy dust...

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Seattle Circus Arts Show - The Ghost Game: Dead Gods [15 Sep 2009|03:15pm]

Dear Circus aficionados,

If you live in the Seattle area, you won't want to miss our dark, crazy night of aerial spectacle, death-defying acrobatic feats, and scary tales of dead gods... all the details are below.

See you there!


All Hallows' Eve looms in the shadows, and The Anunnaki Project invites you to explore your dark side at our third annual October production The Ghost Game: Dead Gods, an evening of deadly dessert theater where even the divine shall perish and YOU are the storyteller. Tickets are selling quickly via Brown Paper Tickets. Get yours before they're all gone!

Inspired by hyaku monogatari, an ancient Japanese parlour game in which guests take turns sharing bone-chilling ghost tales, this elegant evening features tales of dying gods from ancient mythology, spectacular aerial and acrobatic feats by The Cabiri, and scandalously delicious, locally-made desserts.

The Ghost Game: Dead Gods will be presented the evenings of October 16, 17, 23, and 24, 2009 in the intimate theater at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in West Seattle. Tickets range in price from $30-$35, which includes dessert. There will also be a no-host bar for guests of suitable age.

Dessert the weekend of October 16-17 will be provided by West Seattle's Sugar Rush Baking Company (gourmet cupcakes). The weekend of October 23-24 will be delectable cheesecake by The Confectional. Delectable non-dairy fruit sorbet will be offered as an alternative for our vegan and/or dairy-hating guests.

The Ghost Game: Dead Gods is suitable for mature audience members only (teens and adults).

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Montreal Circus Stuff? [26 Aug 2009|04:42pm]

Anyone have any info on Montreal circus stuff between Sep 2 and 9th?
I am going up there to perform aerial stuff at Montreal Fetish Weekend!
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article [24 Aug 2009|09:53pm]

Hi folks! Hope you are well! I'm gonna keep this short because I'm on the road right now!

Ever want to read about the humble beginnings of a professional street performer? Check out this article on yours truly!

Portrait of a Young Street Performer

Thanks so much and have a great day!
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Cirque du Soleil Celebrates 25th Anniversary [19 Jun 2009|03:08pm]

Cirque du Soleil, which has grown into one of Canada's best-known cultural exports, is celebrating its 25th anniversary all around the world. This year Cirque du Soleil has reclaimed its Guinness world record for the most number of people simultaneously walking on stilts, to mark its silver anniversary.

For example, almost 900 people have gathered in Moscow to walk on stilts. Everyone could take part in this funny flash mob! The stilt walkers (1926 in total) also gathered in Montreal, Orlando, Las Vegas, Lisbon, Macau, Tokyo and Fortaleza.

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Our Big Show Last Night [02 May 2009|10:20am]

Dear Circus Artists,

Please see our front page for links to photo, a review, and video of our big show last night:

It was our 10 year anniversary and debut of our new outdoor aerial dance structure "Daedalus".

Thanks to all of our Seattle friends who were there with us last night!
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Free Outdoor Performance in Seattle - THIS FRIDAY! [28 Apr 2009|12:33pm]

For our Seattle friends:

Come on down to Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill to celebrate our 10-year anniversary with us! Show starts at 7:00 p.m.

The highlights:
- Lots of aerialists! Some in skimpy clothing!
- Fire dancers!
- Guest aerialists Dyno and Zita the Aerialist
- Daedalus' debut! (that's our outdoor trapeze rig...)
- The Red King!! Live!
- And it's FREE!!! Can't beat the price in this economy.

Bring a blanket to sit on, and come on down to the park Friday evening!

Big show starts at 7:00 p.m.. We might do a maypole dance (public welcome to participate!) at 6:00 p.m. if we can stand the thing up without putting a hole in the precious lawn at the park.

More deets and pretty pictures: http://www.cabiri.org

Hope to see you there!
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Follow Up re: SCAM [13 Apr 2009|03:40pm]

At the wonderful advice of turgid and lilmissnever, I sent an email to the ISP for the offending web site today.

Please feel free to copy and send your own version of the message. The whole thing is below:
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SCAM WARNING! [13 Apr 2009|09:43am]

Hi Everyone,

Yesterday this web site was brought to my attention:

That's me on the front page, and no I did not give my permission for it to be used.

The entire web site is basically a collection of images and video of aerialists that have been appropriated by the site author. "contactus@aerialaerobics.com" is not a valid email address, so don't even bother.

If your video is on this web site, you can go to YouTube and remove the embed option from your video. That should solve the problem. Those with photos on the web site are going to have a harder time.

I sent an email to the site owner and asked that he immediately remove my image from his site. We'll see if he responds or complies. Without the resources to hire an attorney to handle this matter on my behalf, I will likely send him a form letter asking that he cease and desist from using my image. Probably something along these lines. I wonder if there would be any possible recourse by contacting the authorities in Missouri, where it appears he might be based.

Here is his full contact information:
Brian Smith
7405 Blue Ridge Blvd
Raytown, Missouri 64133
United States
(816) 590-7574

Also, seems obvious but in case anyone has doubts - DO NOT GIVE THIS SITE MONEY! Not sure what you get for your $20 but I'm skeptical at best. This is scam city!

Crossposted to my journal. Feel free to share and propagate this information.
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My new job in Wisconsin [31 Mar 2009|11:02am]

Olissio of Cavallo Equestrian Arts got me a job at Animal Gardens in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. I'll be helping care for the horses and exotic animals as well as riding in The Dancing Horses show. I've worked with Cavallo Equestrian arts for about one week out of the year for the last four years.
He bought and trained two Percherons for the woman who owns Animal Gardens and The Dancing Horses and will be driving up there in May. I'll be hitching a ride with him up there and then my boyfriend will come to visit me and drive my car up, then fly back so I'll have my own transportation.
Are any of you in the Lake Geneva area? Know anyone who rides in this show or works at this attraction? I am hoping to make a few contacts before I get up there, especially since I won't have transportation for a month.
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OM Gym [19 Mar 2009|05:26pm]
Hi there! I just joined. :) I've been taking aerial silks classes on and off for a little while, now, and was looking for a workout that would really help on the off days. I can only afford one class a week right now, and it always feels like I spend the first half readjusting myself to the feel of being aerial.

So, I got this Om Gym. It doesn't ship 'til the 23rd of this month, but I'm extremely hopeful. It mimics silks on a small scale, I think, and it seems like it'll be great for overall flexibility, particularly splits and inversions.

Has anyone tried this? Either way, I thought I'd give a heads-up for anyone else looking for a good at-home workout. I found a nice little tree at the park to hang mine from. They sell stands, too, which I wonder if they'd be good to hang a trap from, but they go for 700 bucks, and I just don't have that laying around.

I've previously gotten the Tree Yoga system, but was kind of disappointed for the purposes I intended. The straps are too thick and uncomfortably to hold to practice inversions, and it was just a little clumsy.
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A friend of mine suggested that I post this here.. [09 Mar 2009|03:57pm]

It's one of those online stores, but it's geared toward circus-y themes.

create & buy custom products at Zazzle
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MTV True Life - Documentary [09 Mar 2009|11:52am]

Hi guys,

My name is Jennifer and I am a casting associate at MTV's True Life.  Right now we are casting for an upcoming episode of the documentary series True Life.  For this episode, we are looking for people who are at odds with their parents for one reason or another.  We are really interested in people who decided to make a career in the circus, but unfortunately their parents don't support them.

You can email your situation to Parents@mtvnmix.com with their name, age, location, phone number, and recent photo of themselves I would really appreciate it.

Thanks, and feel free to message me with any questions
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